All employees are required to receive two types of training in the Right to Know (RTK) Program. Basic training is training received during orientation and it includes: explanation of the Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right to Know Act; how to read and interpret a MSDS; how to read and interpret a chemical label; the College's policy; and chemical hazard classification.
Employees working in areas that make it more likely that they may come in contact with different chemicals are required to have Chemical-Specific training. Department heads must insure that all new employees receive chemical-specific training prior to being required to handle a hazardous chemical. Chemical specific training may relate to an entire class of hazardous chemicals to the extent appropriate. Chemical-specific training consists of, but not be limited to, the following: methods and observations that are or may be used to detect the release of a hazardous chemical; the physical and health hazards of the chemicals in the work area; and the measures employees can take to protect themselves from these hazards.
In accordance with 45-22-10 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, "Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right-to-Know Act of 1988", no representative or supervisor of Georgia Highlands College shall discharge or cause to be discharged or otherwise discipline or in any manner discriminate against any employee nor shall pay, position, seniority, or other benefits shall be lost for exercise of any right for any reasons. Employees who feel that their rights under the RTK program have been violated should notify the RTK or use normal administrative channels. If no relief is found, the employee has the right to contact the Georgia Commissioner of Labor directly.